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BC-OK--Oklahoma News Digest 1:30 pm, OK

February 19, 2019

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Oklahoma. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Oklahoma City bureau at apoklahoma@ap.org or 405-525-2121.

Oklahoma Administrative Correspondent Adam Kealoha Causey can be reached at acausey@ap.org or 405-996-1589.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times Central.

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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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MEDICAID-OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA CITY _ State lawmakers are considering a bill that would use Medicaid expansion funds to boost Oklahoma’s private-insurance subsidy program. Insure Oklahoma provides health coverage for low-income, working residents or Oklahomans who don’t have employer-provided benefits. Oklahoma is one of 14 states that oppose the Medicaid expansion program. Similar work requirements have been challenged in Arkansas and Kentucky. SENT: 300 words.

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EDUCATION BILL-WEST VIRGINIA

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ This time the teachers’ strike was only hours old when lawmakers acted. Just as the strike began Tuesday, the West Virginia House of Delegates effectively killed a complex education bill that sent state teachers to the picket lines nearly a year after a nine-day strike closed schools. The Republican-led House voted 53-45 to table the bill indefinitely. Cheers erupted from the House galleries where hundreds of teachers were in attendance. West Virginia’s 2018 walkout launched the national movement that included strikes in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Washington state, and more recently, Los Angeles and Denver. By JOHN RABY. SENT: 650 words, with photos, video.

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_ EDUCATION BILL-WEST VIRGINIA-THE LATEST

BRITAIN-TONY’S DREAM

SHEFFIELD, England _ Tony Foulds has a routine when he visits the memorial in England for 10 American airmen, including victims from Texas and Oklahoma, killed in World War II. Foulds believes the young Americans sacrificed their lives to save his. The pilot decided not to land his crippled plane on Endcliffe Park, in the English city of Sheffield, to avoid a group of children on the grass. On Friday, the U.S. and the Royal Air Force are set to honor Lt. John G. Kriegshauser and his crew with a special flyover _ also known as flypast. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 1,400 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--OKLAHOMA SCHOOLS-FIVE DAYS _ A plan to force more Oklahoma school districts to return to five-day school weeks has cleared a Senate committee.

_ KICKBACK SCHEME-OKLAHOMA _ Federal prosecutors in Tulsa say a physician will pay the government nearly $85,000 to settle allegations he was involved in an illegal kickback scheme.

_ ODD--ADULT NOVELTY STORE-BURGLARY _ Police in Tulsa are searching for a man who crashed his car into the glass doors of an adult novelty shop, then ran inside and stole lingerie and sex toys.

_ OKLAHOMA EARTHQUAKE _ No injuries were reported after a 3.0 magnitude earthquake shook parts of central Oklahoma.

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